11 Fast Facts About the Winter Olympics

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are fast approaching — the event will be held from February 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia. To help prep you for the festivities, we’ve compiled key facts about this year’s games. Read on.

(1) Sochi has a population of approximately 400,000 people and is situated in Krasnodar, which is the third largest region in Russia. This will be the first time the Russian Federation will host the Winter Games since the dissolution of the USSR: In 1980, the Soviet Union hosted the Summer Games in Moscow.

(2) There are more than 200,000 hectares of forests in Sochi, and the air quality there is considered among the best in the world.

(3) The price of the 2014 Olympics is more than $50 billion, an estimated three times the price of the (bigger) 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Critics say these games are more costly than all 21 previous Winter Olympics combined. Should estimated totals for the games pan out, it will be the most expensive Olympics in history.

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